At Tuesday's WH press briefing, press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president has directed every government agency to search for funds that can be used to pay for border security.
The president's insistence that Congress fund $5 billion of wall construction has been responsible for concerns that there might be a partial government shutdown on Friday.
QUESTION: Can you clarify the current White House position towards the continuing resolution that is floating up on the Hill? Is it a demand for 1.6 billion dollars in border wall funding, or supporting a continuing resolution to take this matter up after the Christmas break?
SARAH SANDERS: At this point, the Senate has thrown out a lot of ideas. We are disappointed they have yet to vote on something and pass something. When they do that, we will make a determination on whether or not we sign it.
In the meantime, we're looking at every avenue available to us possible. The president has asked every one of his cabinet secretaries to look for funding that can be used to protect our borders and give the president the ability to fulfill his constitutional obligation to protect the American people by having a secure border. We're looking at other options. In the meantime, we will see what the Senate does and let you know when we have an announcement on that front.
QUESTION: There are other sources that could potentially pay for the wall. Which agencies are you talking about, you mentioned DoD--?
SANDERS: As I said, the president has asked every agency to look and see if they have money that can be used for that purpose. That is exactly what we are doing.
QUESTION: And if they can they find that money, does that mean the president would accept a budget that does not include any money to fund the border wall?
SANDERS: Once again, we want to see what the Senate can pass. They've thrown out a lot of ideas and have yet to take a vote. Once they make a decision and they put something on the table, we will make the determination whether or not we will move forward on short-term or long-term.